I have just read that Valentin de Vargas, who played Luis in Hatari passed away on June 10th. He was in a lot of films and television programs, and a great character actor. In addition to Hatari, he was in Touch of Evil and The Magnificent Seven.
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"My name is Luis Francisco Garcia Lopez"
Very sad day indeed. RIP Jonathan. We will all miss you very much.
I just read that Claude King, singer and songwriter, passed away at age 90 on March 7th, 2013. Although he is probably best known for his hit song "Wolverton Mountain" (1962), John Wayne fans will likely know him best for his recording of "The Comancheros", although his song was eventually not used in the film.
Patti Page, Honey-Voiced ’50s Pop Sensation, Dies at 85:
Sad to Patti Page leave us. I have been a Patti Page fan for a lot of years. Several years ago I wrote to her, and she sent me a very nice letter back. I think I'll go put on some of her CDs and reminisce.
As you thought of Shall We Gather at the River, I thought of The Streets of Laredo which was one of the first songs I learned to play on the guitar and sing. He used that as a lullaby in Three Godfathers. KEITH
I know that he originally wanted to be a singer, but did not think he was good enough. Personally I think he had a very good singing voice.
This is indeed sad, and although I never met the man personally, I did correspond with him a few times. He was a fine actor, a wonderful singer, and a real gentleman. As I read of his passing, for some reason or another, my mind called up a snippet from Three Godfathers - Dobe singing "Shall We Gather At The River." Somehow seems appropriate. Adios Dobe. See ya on the other side of the river.
Carl, in that Sgt Fury comic with the red cover, there's a character wearing a bowler hat and big red mustache. He looks like the same character that fought alongside Captain America in the movie that was out last year.
Its the same character. The character is Dum Dum Dugan. He was with Sgt. Fury, and later became an agent of SHIELD (if I remember right - it's been a long time since I read any Sgt, Fury comics! and I was more of a Sgt. Rock of Easy Company fan when I was a kid).
Got an email from someone else who lives there. Seems they still have a celebration for him every year?
After seeing the Speakeasy article, one blogger accepted my offer of correcting some of his piece on Ward....even gave him some info he didn't have. Here is his article with MOST of the corrections and additions....also today's front page of Speakeasy highlights his comment on my article:
And here is the first page of today’s Speakeasy featuring his comment:
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By far the most popular post on my blog is this one, on the life of WARD BOND. Not a day’s gone by since that someone searching for Ward-related info hasn’t come upon that piece. The post also brought a frequent commenter who’s become a great person to know, and so I’m pleased to host this guest [...]
[/INDENT]Keith, I love your article on Ward Bond. Since he was one of the greats that I still enjoy watching, it means a lot to me that you took the time to help me with my article on Ward Bond. It is all about getting it right, isn't it? You are a great gal! A fine writer. Much thanks!
Looks like I may be learning....little by little. KEITH
Unfortunately, no, they do not have a celebration for him. But, his name and image are prominently displayed around town. Seems his family was here for quite a while, and one of his relatives (a cousin or uncle I think) was considered quite the war hero around here.
WARD BOND "saddled up" and headed out 52 years ago today. I always write a little piece on him for this the anniversary of his death 11/5/1960. This year, I was guest author on Speakeasy.
Article is here if you want to read it. Kristina had some great stuff on the Classics also. Feel free to comment...good or bad....have to learn somehow.
I live 8 miles away from his birthplace and boyhood home. The park there is named after him and there's a nice plaque outside of the home.
All those years on American Bandstand, all those years hosting the Rose Parade. R.I.P. Dick Clark.
Actor Luke Askew has passed away. You might remember him as Sgt. Provo ("Provo's Privy") in The Green Beret. He was 80. This is from IMDb:
Actor Askew Dead At 80
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Character actor Luke Askew has passed away at the age of 80.
He died at his Lake Oswego, Oregon home after a long battle with ill health on 29 March.
Francis Luke Askew first attended the University of Georgia and honed his acting skills in several Off-Broadway plays.
He later made his feature film debut alongside Michael Caine and Faye Dunaway in Hurry Sundown and he subsequently played a sadistic prison guard in Paul Newman's Cool Hand Luke.
He also took on the role of Sergeant Provo in John Wayne's The Green Berets but Askew is perhaps best known for portraying the wayward stranger who led Peter Fonda and Dennis Hopper to a hippie commune in 1969 classic Easy Rider.
Askew additionally appeared in several hit TV shows throughout his career, including Walker, Texas Ranger, MacGyver, The Six Million Dollar Man, Everwood, and most recently Big Love.
Earl Scruggs. The best (in my opinion) banjo player who has ever lived. I know I will miss him, and will think of him every time I hear Foggy Mountain Breakdown or Earl's Breakdown. And Warren Stevens. I remember him in countless films and television shows. They will both be missed.
Rest in Peace Davy.
Also: Conservative: Andrew Breitbart passed away today at 43.
Rest in Peace Andrew.
I was shocked to hear about Andrew Breitbart. He was only 43! It's kind of scary when someone so much younger than me passes away. I have long enjoyed listening to him, watching him and reading his articles. He will be sorely missed. I was also saddened to hear about Davy Jones. Not that I was a big fan of his (that would have been my little sister), but he was a cultural icon from my much younger days, that is now gone, and that is always a shocker.
Rest in Peace, Andrew and Davy
Gonna miss this guy. I always thought he was pretty good actor, and I always enjoyed watching Big Valley.
Aside from watching him in several films, I mostly remember him from the old television show, Run For Your Life. R.I.P. Ben, we'll miss ya.
Robert Hegyes, Epstein of ‘Welcome Back Kotter’ Fame, Dead at 60
Well, that is a WOW! He was only 60! Far too young. RIP Robert.
I remember seeing James Farentino is a few films, but mostly on television shows. His film The Final Countdown, however, has long been a favorite of mine. RIP James.
And RIP Nicol Williamson. He was great in Excalibur.
In the early hours of Wednesday morning a woman named Christine passed away. having beaten chest cancer, had overcame a maestectomy with surgery she eventually succumbed to cancer of the liver.
Christine was not famous the nearest she ever came to fame on stage was playing a tudor nun in a half hour skit. She was a sales assistant in our museum shop but a person who was well liked and respected. She was also our friend.
This may outwardly appear an inappropriate place but R.I.PChristine may God Bless You.
It is never inappropriate to pay respects to one who has obviously had some impact, whether big or small, on your life. Thank you Arthur for sharing this with us. R.I.P. Christine.
Rest in Peace Pedro. You will be missed.